North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program is steadily advancing, including three successful tests of ICBMs this year. Building out a defense against this threat should be an urgent priority for the Pentagon, but in fact efforts have lagged. Now U.S. defenders face the prospect of Pyongyang introducing multiple warheads on each missile, or maneuvering warheads, or sophisticated penetration aids. Existing interceptors can’t cope with these emergent threats, which is why the military is pursuing a Next Generation Interceptor. But now comes word the Pentagon may try to cut funding for the program next year. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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